NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University officials expect as many as 50,000 people to attend the school’s 251st commencement ceremony Sunday at High Point Solutions Stadium.
And that means traffic. A lot of traffic.
The ceremony is slated run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 14, rain or shine, according to Rutgers. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early, and if possible ride public transportation or park in New Brunswick and take free shuttle buses to the event.
Road closures are likely to occur near the stadium, which is on the Busch Campus, according to the university. Heavy delays, meanwhile, are expected to bog down Route 18, College Avenue, George Street, River Road, Hoes Lane, Metlars Lane and the John Lynch and Landing Lane bridges in New Brunswick and Piscataway.
Traffic will continue to rage along George Street on Monday, May 15, due to the convocation for Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in New Brunswick, according to the university.
Nearly 18,000 Rutgers students, including 13,000 from the New Brunswick campus and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences program, are in line to graduate this year, according to the university. Thousands of family members and friends are expected to be on hand for their big moment.
What’s more, a New Jersey rock-’n’-roll legend has been tapped to give the keynote speech. Stevie Van Zandt—a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and an actor from the HBO show “The Sopranos”—could draw further interest in the event.
After the university-wide commencement ceremony ends, a convocation for the School of Arts and Sciences is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the football stadium. The School of Engineering will hold its convocation from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Rutgers Athletic Center, according to the university.